What’s Next For The Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center?
So much has been made about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree this year including a hitchhiking owl. In my opinion, it's been a nice distraction from all the Covid craziness that's been going on around us. As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end", so what happens next to the Christmas Tree from Oneonta?
On Jan 10th at 12 p.m., the Rockefeller Christmas Tree will come down but where does it go next? Ever since 2007, the tree is taken down in the Plaza and cut into large pieces. It's taken to a mill in New Jersey and they do a rough sawing.
The lumber is taken to a landscaping company and it's dried in a kiln and milled to get them straight and smooth. 2x4 and 2x6 beams are made out of it and finished. Those beams are stamped, shrink-wrapped, and then sent to Habitat for Humanity.
They use it to build homes for people in need and Habitat for Humanity likes to go to the state where the tree originally came from. That means the Norway Spruce won't have to travel too far this year.
Since we are always looking for more good news, here's one to add to the list for 2021. There is a children's book about the tree on its journey to becoming lumber, it's called The Carpenter’s Gift.